Mark Gatiss, Patron of the Undershaw Preservation Trust has today issued a statement regarding the recent developments concerning Undershaw:
"I’m absolutely thrilled that Undershaw has been saved by the DFN Foundation. It’s fitting that the home of one of greatest story tellers should become a school. The historic building, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought back Sherlock Holmes from the dead, created the Hound of the Baskervilles and entertained the likes of J.M. Barrie, Bernard Shaw and Bram Stoker will now be a cheerful and welcoming environment for young minds. And possibly writers of the future! I fervently hope that the connection to the great man will be retained but for now let’s just rejoice in the fact that, after years of battle, Undershaw lives!"
Fans should still join the Undershaw Preservation Trust Facebook page as the work to help restore the building will begin soon.
Undershaw Preservation Trust (UPT) members are coming together to celebrate the Saving of Undershaw on Sir Arthur’s 155th Birthday - May 22nd, from 6.30pm on Baker Street for an evening of theatre and literary fun. Raising funds for the UPT and the National Literacy Trust - tickets available here.
How do you fancy helping to set a new world record?
On August 31 2014, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation will attempt to break the World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed up as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.
The challenge will be hosted at Temple Newsam, a beautiful historic country house a short distance outside of the city of Leeds, with the chief aim of helping to raise funds towards a new £2m Yorkshire Brain Research Centre. Attendees can choose to dress as any incarnation of Sherlock Holmes they wish from his long and storied history.
Registration is £15 and in return participants will receive a Deerstalker hat, a pipe and a magnifying glass. Prizes will be given for the best dressed Holmes. Sherlock fans can enter a raffle for £5 to win signed goodies from the cast of Sherlock, including Benedict Cumberbatch signed photographs, Sherlock script and books. 100% of proceeds will go to the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.
Clair Challenor-Chadwick, Appeal Director of the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre, said: "Sherlock may live at Baker Street, London, but according to the most influential fictional biography of Holmes by Baring-Gould, Holmes was born in Yorkshire, the youngest of three sons of Siger Holmes and Violet Sherrinford. We wanted to reclaim him for Yorkshire, and he is the perfect inspiration for our Appeal as the world’s brainiest detective."
Clair added: "We are calling on collective brain power to help raise funds for this important cause! If you love Sherlock you will love this fun family event, expect special guests and some great entertainment."
Register for the event at www.sherlockworldrecord.com
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After a series of legal battles spanning many years, Undershaw - the former home of Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - has secured a bright future at last.
Thanks to the DFN Charitable Foundation, the house will form part of a brand new school, in combination with the existing Stepping Stones school in Hindhead, Surrey. Stepping Stones is an independent special school dedicated to the education of pupils with mild learning and physical difficulties, and with the acquisition of Undershaw the school will become ‘The Schools at Undershaw’. Undershaw will play host to the upper school, while the existing Stepping Stones building will become the junior school.
Undershaw is a Grade II listed building which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle drafted the initial designs for himself, with construction completing in 1897. The property was where the author effectively resurrected Sherlock Holmes from his death at the Falls of the Reichenbach, writing ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and then the stories collected together as ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’. Since 1920 the building has been used as a hotel, but in the past decade fell into disrepair. The Undershaw Preservation Trust, with Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss as patron, was thus set up to safeguard the property from development proposals that included an attempt to partly demolish the building so it could be transformed into residential flats - a decision overturned at the High Court in London in May 2012.
Sherlockology has followed the campaign to save this important building since our creation, and so we extend our warmest congratulations to the team at the Undershaw Preservation Trust for this excellent news that not only safeguards the property but also gives it a bright and productive future in the lives of young people for generations to come.
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Mark Gatiss (BBC Sherlock) the patron of the Save Undershaw campaign. Show your support by ‘liking’ the Save Undershaw Facebook page - CLICK HERE.
Save Undershaw, Sherlock’s Home.
Please take a few moments to ‘like’ the Save Undershaw Facebook page - remember, without Undershaw, there would be no Sherlock Holmes……
Lovely interview with Sherlock composer Michael Price on the M Magazine website. Read the full article here.
BFI MEMBERS: Ticket ballot for a screening of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes on 9th April with an introduction from Mark Gatiss. More info here.
"The magic of this film, I think, comes down to the writing of the dialogue by Wilder and his writing partner, Izzy Diamond. There are a number of conversations between Robert Stephens (Sherlock) and Colin Blakely (Watson) that are just like tiny symphonies. Every gag, every little annunciation or pause is poised perfectly and, watching it recently (it was a template of sorts for Stephen Moffat and me as we made our adaptation for the BBC) made me realise that Wilder and Diamond were among the best screenwriters in the world." - Mark Gatiss